October 13, 2018

"You treacherous bastard."

Eric Idle and John Cleese (of Monty Python) sit down in front of an audience and reminisce about John's life and career. [1h17m] Recorded in late 2014 as John was doing promotion for his memoir, "So, Anyway...". Charming and hilarious. Enjoy!
posted by hippybear at 10:27 PM PST - 7 comments

Made up places and costly mistakes: a history of unfortunate maps

For all their inaccuracies, falsifications and fantasies, these cartographic antiques tell us a great deal about their times.
posted by standardasparagus at 7:21 PM PST - 1 comments

Your Worst Nightmares

Imagine someone sneaked into your bedroom when you were asleep, peeled back your eyelids and scooped out your very worst nightmares then turned them all into sculptures. Well, that’s kinda like what Mexican artist Emil Melmoth [NSFW] has achieved with his gruesome, morbid, yet strangely compelling sculptures of deformed creatures and unnamed things that dwell in the night—he has made the terrors of darkness visible. [NSFW]
posted by Johnny Wallflower at 1:18 PM PST - 28 comments

Guess I drew the short straw

Why Not Have A Randomly Selected Congress?, Brianna Rennix and Nathan J. Robinson, Current Affairs - "Selecting the House and Senate like juries would not be ideal, but it would definitely be better."
posted by the man of twists and turns at 11:13 AM PST - 80 comments

TMBG gets sorta political

Youtube video TMBG has a new video #aynrandsandwich . [more inside]
posted by boilermonster at 10:01 AM PST - 33 comments

Berea College: 90% Pell grant eligible, 40% minorities, 45% debt-free

"Berea College isn’t like most other colleges. It was founded in 1855 by a Presbyterian minister who was an abolitionist. It was the first integrated, co-educational college in the South. And it has not charged students tuition since 1892." SLAtlantic
posted by meaty shoe puppet at 10:01 AM PST - 15 comments

Bringing Us One Step Closer to Our Real-Life Themyscira

Same-sex mouse parents give birth via gene editing: Scientists delivered pups with genetic material from two moms and two dads. But only pups with two moms survived to have babies themselves "In an important move for both science as well as Women Who Are Over This Shit, researchers in China have just helped a pair of female mouse parents give birth to healthy pups via gene editing and stem cells, no male mice involved."
posted by homunculus at 10:00 AM PST - 10 comments

Australian threatened species, in cake form

Australian Geographic presents photos of the best entries from this year's Threatened Species Bake Off. [more inside]
posted by terooot at 9:33 AM PST - 9 comments

After Ruining Mayonnaise... Can Millennials Save America ?

I’ve given up hope that boomers can rescue us from the tyranny of the Trump age. Boomers were supposed to fix things, build things, save things for future generations. They would see things as they are, and instead of asking why, dream of things that never were and ask why not — as Robert Kennedy promised. Allow me to burn my generational card.
Can Millennials Save America ? [more inside]
posted by y2karl at 7:20 AM PST - 126 comments

The Gang Within: A Baltimore Police Scandal

“The Gang Within: A Baltimore Police Scandal” (video, 25min, Al Jazeera English's Fault Lines) ...new details emerge about an elite plain-clothes police unit that, for years, doubled as a criminal gang - robbing residents, planting evidence, and sending countless innocent people to jail. [more inside]
posted by XMLicious at 4:02 AM PST - 29 comments

Hurricane Michael: The Destruction of Mexico Beach, FL

Remarkable footage of the destruction from a Gopro camera left running at Mexico Beach while Michael made landfall. Via reddit/r/TropicalWeather
posted by carter at 3:45 AM PST - 25 comments

Your confusion / My illusion

'Atmosphere' - Joy Division / Russ Abbot, 'Atmosphere' - Russ Abbot / Joy Division [more inside]
posted by fearfulsymmetry at 1:24 AM PST - 15 comments

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